- What are the hours of operation?
- How can I contact a lawyer from O'Neil & Hauser P.C.?
- How Much Will it Cost to Talk to a Lawyer?
- How Much Will the Legal Services Cost?
- How Will I be Billed?
- Will I be Kept Informed About my Legal Matter?
- Will my Legal Matter be Kept Confidential?
- Will a Trial be Necessary?
- What Type of Technical Support is Available?
- Do You Have Interpreting and Translating Services?
There is typically a fee for the initial consultation, which takes about 30 minutes. During this first appointment, the lawyer will evaluate your legal matter. If your case is accepted and you agree to retain our office as your attorney, a charge will be made for office conferences and services after your first visit.
Immigration cases usually require an initial retainer payment, and the balance of your fee may be paid in installment payments as the legal work is performed. In other cases, the fee is based on the amount of legal work needed and the difficulty of the services you require. All fee arrangements are agreed upon in advance and in writing. The agreement is signed by the client and attorney prior to the commencement of legal work.
You are encouraged to discuss legal fees with your lawyer at any time and particularly at your first office conference.
Each lawyer maintains an accurate record as to the amount of legal services that s/he provides in connection with your case. A statement is mailed to the client each month, which includes costs and out-of-pocket expenses that need to be reimbursed to this office. These costs include computer intake and file maintenance costs, translating services, document photocopies, USCIS filing fees, long distance, collect and overseas telephone calls, and express postal charges.
It is the policy of O'Neil & Hauser P.C. to keep clients informed at all times of the progress of their legal case. Copies of all correspondence that we produce, send or receive on your behalf are sent to each client. Although there is some expense for photocopies and mailing, clients stay informed. In addition, should a lawyer not be available when you call the office, the legal staff is trained to assist you and to keep you informed regarding your legal matter.
By law, a lawyer cannot be forced in most situations to disclose information given to her by a client without the client consent to do so. Our staff knows the importance of keeping our clients' legal matters entirely confidential. Any information given to us will be held in strict confidence. Confidential papers will be returned to you at the conclusion of your legal matter, if you so desire.
In the case of a divorce, a hearing is always required. In matters concerning immigration law, it is necessary to register with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to apply for benefits and personal interviews are almost always required. An attorney from our office will accompany and represent you at all meetings and hearings with the Immigration Service, including appointments at U.S. consulates abroad.
Many immigration cases are resolved in the immigration court. Your case may require a hearing before an immigration judge. Our lawyers have many years of experience representing individuals before the immigration courts. A lawyer will accompany you to all hearings with the judge. These trials require advance preparation and research, and your lawyer will work with you to assure your case and all witnesses are properly prepared for trial.
In the majority of all other cases, a settlement is made before a trial is necessary. However, all of our lawyers are trained and prepared to litigate when a settlement cannot be reached. The lawyer is obligated to see that his client receives the best possible legal care. No settlement of any case is ever made without the consent of the client. Should a trial be required, the attorney will thoroughly explain what you should expect and will prepare you for the proceedings.
We have advanced technological capabilities that allow us to give you the highest-quality service in the most efficient manner.
Our document management system allows us to maintain a current and accurate record of your case file. This electronic system also enables us to quickly and easily retrieve relevant data, giving us easy access to information that may be valuable to your case.
In addition, our office subscribes to the latest immigration software programs, including LawLogix, Westlaw, Immigrant Pro, AILALink, which allows staff members to have at their fingertips the most updated statutes, regulations, case law and manuals.
We have several staff attorneys who speak foreign languages. In addition, the office has individuals available to translate in the Spanish and Portuguese languages. We also have access to translators in the dialects of the Chinese language, Greek, French, Italian and the languages of the Middle East.